Academic Training Programme Director

About this vacancy

Job Title: Academic Training Programme Director

Reporting to: Director of Secondary Care

Duration: 3 years (2 sessions)

Date post available from: Immediately on appointment

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Outstanding individuals are being sought to fulfil the role of Academic Training Programme Director to provide advice to HEIW on all aspects relating to Academic Medicine.  The individual will be responsible for leading the development and implementation of clinical academic training in Wales and provide ongoing advice and support to those individuals wishing to undertake clinical academic programmes.

The Academic Training Programme Director will work closely with the WCAT programme academic leads, the Director of Secondary Care, Heads of Schools, University Academic Leads and the HEIW administrative team to ensure the delivery of high-quality academic training programmes.

Main Duties

  • To advise on and provide strategic leadership for the development, delivery and quality management of Academic Training across HEIW, supporting key staff tasked with the delivery of this across Wales.  Areas will include recruitment, training, annual progress reviews and other matters.
  • To provide specific advice to HEIW on Academic Training to help inform future strategic developments and contribute to future strategic and business planning processes.
  • To lead on the development of and recruitment of all academic fellowship training places in Wales including the WCAT programme.
  • To develop and work with a network of academic leaders in Wales that can both offer and contribute to Academic Training in Wales.
  • To work with the Higher Educational Institutions across Wales to ensure the development of appropriate Academic Training opportunities.
  • To ensure that all Academic Trainees have access to suitable Academic Training which will allow them the opportunity to achieve the requirements for satisfactory completion of their programmes (i.e. PhD programmes).
  • To provide information on revised policy and procedures in areas relating to Academic Training operational policy including the WCAT programme.
  • To host and attend the annual WCAT conference and oversee the organisation of this event; providing suggestions for structure and appropriate speakers.
  • To chair the WCAT Board meetings and provide update reports to the Director for Secondary Care.
  • To monitor the progress and performance of Academic Trainees at regular intervals and where required to provide additional support. Where necessary develop academic milestones for trainees to monitor individual academic progress.
  • To lead on ARCP processes for WCAT trainees including participating in ARCP panels and reviewing/commenting on annual academic progress reports prior to all ARCPs.
  • To work with the HEIW’s Quality Unit to ensure appropriate quality management systems are in place to monitor academic placements and to actively contribute to and participate in GMC visits and support the local implementation of GMC recommendations.

Continuing Professional Development

  • Meet the necessary professional requirements for Continuing Professional Development and Revalidation.
  • To represent HEIW at local and national meetings to ensure exchange of information and ideas.
  • To represent HEIW at UK academic clinical medicine meetings as appropriate.

To make a wider professional contribution to HEIW through training innovations, publications, presentations and the sharing of best practice.

Person Specification



Proven management and leadership skills.

Evidence of strategic thinking.

Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with a track record of communicating to a range of audiences.

Excellent interpersonal skills including demonstrable negotiation skills.

Experience and ability to work as a member of a multi-professional team.

Experience of actively participating in clinical research.



Demonstrable knowledge of educational theory and practice.

Awareness of the current national policy developments in the NHS.

Thorough knowledge and understanding of the Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education agenda.


Qualifications (IT/Academic/Vocational)

Medical or dental degree.

MD, PhD or equivalent higher degree.

Outstanding record of achievement.



Experience as a NHS consultant or Principal in General Practice.

Significant experience of working within the education/health sectors.


Specific Qualities (e.g. attitudes)

Desire to build collaborations and partnerships.

Ability to establish academic and professional credibility quickly.

Expressions of interest need to be sent to by 12pm Friday 10th July 2020.

Applications should be CV and a supporting statement outline suitability for the role.

Specialty / Programme: 
Academic Medicine
Opening dates: 
Friday, June 26, 2020 to Friday, July 10, 2020
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